I love Thanksgiving. You may notice that I love a lot of things. Welcome to my world. Anyway, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, right after Christmas, which is the best day of the year. 🙂 I also know, though, that today can be a challenge to make through with a smile on your face. There are days when it is a hard fight to be thankful in the midst of circumstances you wish were different.
The pastor at the church I visited on Sunday touched on this during his sermon, and I loved his perspective on thankfulness when life isn’t turning out how you pictured it. His specific example was singleness (always a timely message for my heart to hear), but it applies to a myriad of situations. He said that we can both acknowledge the heartache and at the same time proclaim Christ’s abundant sufficiency in our life.
What a beautiful picture that paints for a dark and broken world. Our heartaches hopefully remind us of our desperate need for Someone to be our rescuer, to give us hope that there is something greater, Someone worth living for who eclipses anything this life brings. If you’ve never met Jesus before, this perfect, magnificent, Someone who has come as our rescuer, today would be the best day in the world to start a relationship with Him. He longs for you to repent of your sin and allow Him to make you brand new from the inside out.
Last year my parents were in town for Thanksgiving, and we compiled a list of 100 things we were thankful for as a family. I was reading back through it yesterday, realizing that the vast majority of them are still what I am thankful for this year.
There are a few items to add to the list for today though.
1. Groupon/Living Social. So many great deals! Birthday and Christmas presents galore for oodles of family members!
3. My mom!
4. Family fun. 🙂
5. Christ, my sufficiency.
Happy Thanksgiving! I pray that today you are surrounded by family and friends, and are experiencing the matchless grace of Jesus.